(PRESS RELEASE) – A continuing attempt by the Timothy Harris-led coalition to corrupt and control information surrounding COVID-19 cases in the twin-island federation was evidenced on Thursday.
Minutes after St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris addressed the nation in a national broadcast on the easing of the curfew and new measures under the Emergency Powers Act in an effort to contain the spread of the caronavirus, Minister of State with responsibility for Health, Sen the Hon Wendy Phipps annouced the federation’s ninth COVID-19 case.
In his 2:30 p.m. broadcast Dr Harris made no mention of the new case although the government was in possession of the information three hours before Dr Harris’ address.
“”At 11.04 a.m. today, St Kitts and Nevis recorded one additional case of COVID-19 and this brings the total number confirmed cases to nine (9). The patient is a citizen of St Kitts and Nevis and resident on Nevis,” Sen Phipps informed the nation at a 3:p,m. update.
“We do recognise that once community transmission starts in the federation the ball-game would have shifted. Thus far, all of the cases that we have had would have been as a result of travel-related business. In other words they were imported into the federation,” said Phipps departing from the official statement from the Ministry of Health.
Minister Phipps was quickly corrected by Chief Medical Officer Dr Hazel Laws, who in a response to a question from a reporter said: “With respect to the case that the Hon Minister Phipps just announced, that case does not have a travel history.”
There have been growing concern that all announcements of confirming COVID-19 cases are always preceeded by either a press conference or a national broadcast on the coronavirus by prime minister Harris, who never mentions the new cases.
The 9th COVID-19 case is Nevis’ second. The other seven are in St Kitts.
The other 8 cases are as follows:
On March 25, 2020 – Two (2) COVID-19 cases: A 21-year-old male and a 57-year-old female woman arrived in the Federation from New York, USA. Both arrived on March 18, 2020 and were tested on March 20.
On March 29, 2020 – Five (5) COVID-19 cases: Three females – 10 months, 24 years and 36 years and two males – 29 years and 39 years,” arrived from St Maarten and Antigua during the period March 6th to 13th, 2020.
On March 30, 2020 – One (1) COVID-19 case – A 51-year-old female who arrived from the United Kingdom on March 14, 2020.